SPRING GLEN-Our loving aunt, sister-in-law, beloved neighbor and wonderful friend, Viola Losik Skriner, age 81, passed away Sept. 8, 2009 at Castleview Hospital.
She was born July 17, 1928 in Mulberry, Kan. to Steve and Phyllis Maffei Losik.
Married Anton J. "Tony" Skriner, July 19, 1947 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Helper. Together they had two beautiful children, Toni Louise and Joseph (Joey) Skriner; Toni Louise died Jan. 25, 2009 and Joey died Sept. 3, 1978. Anton preceded her in death on April 10, 1982.
"Vi" was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Helper, where she was a member of the Merry-Mix-Ups and a staunch supporter of the carnival and various church functions. As a faithful member of S.N.P.J. Lodge # 689 for 60 years, she always made time for the special gatherings at the Slovenian Home in Spring Glen and especially loved to dance the polka. She was a proud member of the Helper American Legion Ladies Auxiliary 8 and 40, Price V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary and secretary of the Price Ladies of Elk's for many years.
"Aunt Vi's" home and yard always reflected her personality within. Whether you were stopping by for a visit or just passing through, her yard truly reflected how vibrant and colorful she was. She was always very positive, caring, youthful and she had a zest for life. Her big smile and embrace could brighten anyone's day and she always said "you can have all the money in the world, but without friends you have nothing," Vi had many many loving and beautiful friends. Her two very special friends are Aldine Thomas and Tony Lessar. She loved her nieces and nephews whom she cherished dearly, especially her cousin and sister-in-law Nadine and brother-in-law Henry Skriner. "Vi" had a special love for the children in her life, whether it be the children in her family or the children in the neighborhood. We will love and miss her.
Survived by her brother-in-law, Henry (Nadine) Skriner and family, Spring Glen; sister-in-law, Antonia Corak and family, S.L.C.; special niece and nephew, Roberta (Sam) Jones, Price; nieces and nephews Phyllis (Ron) Lindsey, Price, Steve (Bilene) Chubbuck, West Valley, Sherry (Bruce) Christensen, Helper, Gary (Peggy) Fowler, Grand Junction, Colo., Shelly (Paul) Boyack, Spanish Fork, Nanette (Jeff) Miller, Price.
Viola was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Joey; daughter, Toni Louise; sisters, Gloria (Chris) Marshall, Marie (Bob) Chubbuck and Adeline (Les) Fowler.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to her wonderful neighbors for the love and care they gave "Vi" over the years.
Funeral Mass, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, 10 a.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church. Vigil service, Friday evening 7 p.m., at the church in Helper. Family will receive friends at the church Friday and Saturday one hour prior to services. Committal service, Mt. View Cemetery, Helper. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are welcome daily.